Kalei and Thanael stood somewhere in the crowd, talking while they waited for Ardaigh to arrive. "How does it feel to meet your new landsmen?", Kalei asked with a smile.
Thanael looked at the Rosellians around and lifted an eyebrow. "I think they are less impressed. Besides, it was the country who took me in, not the people. Not sure if I need to meet my new landsmen..."
Kalei rolled her eyes. "You should really make some friends, you know that?"
"I like to think Ardaigh is my friend", Thanael replied. "And that you might consider me a friend of yours."
He grinned as he knew Kalei would object immediately. "I'm not your friend. I... tolerate you", she told him and tried to put on a snooty face.
Thanael looked as innocent as he could. "And I value this very highly."
They both laughed. Then the murmuring around them ceased, and both of them put their attention on the opening door.
Ardaigh stepped into the hall, dressed in a purple gown with a skirt of thousands of pink roses. She tried a